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House Hunting Journal – Slogging through Open Houses

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A short post today. The hunt is on, and how the game is played here in Silicon Valley is that you pretty much have to hit open houses. How different this was than our experience of selling in Phoenix. There, open houses were drains on the agent’s time. They would come, set out some cookies, and wait. And wait. And wait. In 3 hours (or sometimes 5 hours, as they often started at 11 instead...

House Hunting Journal – You need an agent

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In many ways, it is a glorious time to be looking for a house, the Internet provides wonderful tools to search, Trulia, Zillow, and others are easy to search, and useful for checking out properties, but they do have a downside. Unfortunately, they are plagued with out dated information. Often houses you are looking at, and watching are under contract, or otherwise not available. Additionally, it...

House Hunting Journal – Listings

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There is no doubt that the Internet has greatly enhanced the experience of hunting for a house. Trulia, Homes.com, and Zillow all put hundreds or thousands of listings at your fingertips. However, after sorting through the mountains of listings, I have some observations: Some (far too many) agents phone it in. Looking at the photographs is the first symptom. Out of focus, poorly framed photos. I...

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